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Are you surprised? Teachers and administrators encouraging and participating in test-cheating in Georgia public school district....

Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ answer sheets.

Area superintendents silenced whistle-blowers and rewarded subordinates who met academic goals by any means possible.

Superintendent Beverly Hall and her top aides ignored, buried, destroyed or altered complaints about misconduct, claimed ignorance of wrongdoing and accused naysayers of failing to believe in poor children’s ability to learn.

In the report, the governor’s special investigators describe an enterprise where unethical — and potentially illegal — behavior pierced every level of the bureaucracy, allowing district staff to reap praise and sometimes bonuses by misleading the children, parents and community they served.

The report accuses top district officials of wrongdoing that could lead to criminal charges in some cases. The decision whether to prosecute lies with three district attorneys — in Fulton, DeKalb and Douglas counties — who will consider potential offenses in their jurisdictions.

For teachers, a culture of fear ensured the deception would continue. “APS is run like the mob,” one teacher told investigators, saying she cheated because she feared retaliation if she didn’t.

The voluminous report names 178 educators, including 38 principals, as participants in cheating. More than 80 confessed. The investigators said they confirmed cheating in 44 of 56 schools they examined.

The investigators conducted more than 2,100 interviews and examined more than 800,000 documents in what is likely the most wide-ranging investigation into test-cheating in a public school district ever conducted in United States history.

 

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 11:56 AM on Jul. 6, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I am not surprised. I know a woman who quit teaching this year. She quit because of how ugly it is getting because of the damn tests. She saw some similar behavior and she is in a different state. What she told us made us seriously consider private school or home school.
    pookiekins34

    Answer by pookiekins34 at 11:58 AM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • GET RID OF NCLB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:58 AM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • No wonder our younger generations are expecting things to be handed to them on a silver platter. They have never had to work for results and as some of us know, it's not always easy.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:59 AM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • GET RID OF NCLB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Ohhh, so because NCLB is flawed, are SOME giving teachers a free pass to cheat the system? Flaws are problems in NCLB? Agreed... But the need to run a school system like a mob? The only answer you have is NCLB?   What example does cheating, coercing, and manipulating set for the children?  Please, anon...  

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:04 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • i'm not surprised. too much is riding on theses test. Schools will do what they need to to meet the standards.
    mommy2boys03

    Answer by mommy2boys03 at 12:07 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • This is shocking to me!
    AF4life

    Answer by AF4life at 12:07 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • NCLB is WHY I am not surprised. Do I okay cheating, of course not. As an educator I see how NCLB is DESTROYING the classroom, and adding huge amount of unnecessary pressure to students and teachers. GET RID OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!! Let teachers go back to teaching the curriculum, not how to take a damn test.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:09 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • amounts**
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:10 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • Schools will do what they need to to meet the standards.


     


    Is this acceptable for educators of children to engage in these actions of lying, fraud, and cheating?

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:10 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • Why bother sending kids to school at all? I mean, we could just enroll them and then the teachers can take the tests for the kids and give them perfect scores. If they aren't willing to teach them the content, why bother with testing them? I just don't understand how things went so wrong with our education system. Yet we coddle our children and make self esteem more important than actually learning the content they NEED to know. They don't do well on tests, but they sure feel good about it. I just don't get it. Where are the standards? Why is it bad for a kid to feel bad about getting a bad grade or doing poorly on a test? Shouldn't they feel something negative to make them work harder and do better on the next test?

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 12:10 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

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